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  • Renting out equipment? Think PPSR.

    09-Feb-2018

    Do you lease equipment (either formally or informally) to clients and friends? What about that cement mixer or excavator you let your mate borrow over a year ago? If yes, you need to consider the Personal Property and Securities Register (“PPSR”) to ensure you are able to get your equipment..

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  • Labour Hire Licensing Update - When you must apply

    29-Jan-2018

    Queensland labour hire businesses should be aware of the new labour hire licensing scheme commencing in 2018. Here is the latest information on when the scheme begins to apply and how to apply for a licence. When will the scheme begin to apply? The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 commenc..

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  • Would your contract hold up in Court?

    05-Dec-2017

    Legislation relating to unfair contract terms for small businesses has, to date, generally been untested. However, a recent case against waste management solutions company, JJ Richards and Sons, shows these laws have real ‘teeth’, with eight terms of a contract being deemed unfair and unenforcea..

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  • What You Need to Know about the New Industrial Manslaughter Laws

    01-Dec-2017

    In October the Queensland Parliament, Labor with the help of the Katter Party, passed the industrial manslaughter amendments into law and commenced on 23 October, 2017. The new laws broaden responsibility for workplace related deaths and substantially increase the potential penalty. The new ..

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  • Your legal checklist for the holiday season

    01-Dec-2017

    It’s now officially 25 sleeps until Christmas! …and many of you are probably looking forward to heading off on holidays! Most people think about the usual travel essentials, like what to pack and getting vaccinations, but many forget to ensure important legal matters are taken care o..

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  • The legal risk of Christmas parties

    23-Nov-2017

    It’s that time of year again – when staff get together to eat, drink and make merry for the Christmas Party. Sorry to be the Grinch, but without appropriate safeguards, this can turn into an employer’s worst nightmare! Whilst social, a Christmas Party is still a work function. Under anti..

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  • PIMS Group – Positioning for Success

    16-Nov-2017

    Four men. One vision. To be the leading diversified mining service provider and viewed as the employer of choice in the sector. PIMS Group is a proud, locally owned Mackay company taking on the big names in the highly competitive mining services space. Manager Director of PIMS Gr..

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  • Residential real estate overview

    16-Nov-2017

    Up until 2002, the prices of residential property in Mackay matched the ebb and flow of the sugar industry. However, in 2002, this all changed and house prices became firmly aligned to the growth of the coal mining sector in this region. So when the price of coal started to take a batt..

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  • Terms and conditions go hand-in-hand with owning a business

    16-Nov-2017

    Over the years, many clients have admitted that they have never read their terms and conditions (often buried somewhere on their website) or have “borrowed” them from a website or from a competing business. This is disastrous, especially when it comes time to rely upon those terms to recov..

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  • The new labour hire law, don’t be caught out!

    16-Nov-2017

    The Queensland Parliament recently passed new a new labour hire licensing act, the first of its kind in Australia and many local businesses may be impacted. The Act requires labour hire providers to be licenced and that management are 'fit and proper' persons. There are also signi..

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  • Protecting Your Invention or Great Idea

    16-Nov-2017

    The region’s METS sector is known for its great innovation to improve productivity and sustainability. In fact, many local businesses have registered patents to protect their ideas. The Australian Patent Office is currently receiving 30,000 standard patent applications each year. There h..

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  • Are You at Risk of Losing Millions Overnight?

    16-Nov-2017

    Local companies have literally lost millions of dollars of equipment overnight in the collapse of Caledon’s Cook Colliery mine. This is a scary reminder of the importance of correctly registering on the Personal Property Securities Register. It is a cut throat system and ownership means no..

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